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Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of March 17, 2013

The Field Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to field mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

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Griffin Technology has developed a case for Apple’s iPod Touch that features a 1D & 2D barcode and magnetic strip reader.  Read Original Content

Thirty video clips from the 2013 Esri Federal GIS Conference, held February 25-27, are available from Esri, including a video clip featuring Jerry Johnston, Geospatial Information Officer with the U.S. Dept. of the Interior, discussing the National Geospatial Program Initiative.  Read Original Content

According to the Green Industry Benchmark Survey, 79.7 percent of the green industry contractors surveyed that use field service software saw growth revenue in 2012.  Using field service software helps deliver better customer service, improves cash flow, helps retain customers, creates defined processes, and helps the user better understand their business.  Read Original Content

ILS Technology provides ready-to-use cloud based platforms to implement and manage M2M (machine to machine) and embedded wireless devices that connect to SAP.  ILS Technology simplifies deployments and offers unparalleled security to protect company and customer data and to ensure regulatory compliance. This newsletter is sponsored in part by ILS Technology.

Check out Technology Personalized list of the “Top 8 Rugged Tablets (2013)”.  Read Original Content

The new Rolls-Royce Wraith utilizes GPS to control its transmission.  The Satellite Aided Transmission relies on GPS positioning and selects gears according to the upcoming stretch of road.  Read Original Content
With a vast area to manage and maintain, amusement park managers are learning rugged tablet PCs can enable employees to be more efficient and productive therefore providing better customer service.  Read Original Content

With more features and functionality available for smartphones, standalone GPS devices are taking a hit.  Garmin’s sales in its automobile and mobile division fell six percent in 2012 and the company predicts a bigger drop of 15 to 20 percent in the next 12 months.  Read Original Content

Speaking at a recent conference, one of Australia’s leading water management advisers said the use of GIS technology is crucial to helping the country protect itself against the increasingly frequent severe floods of recent years.  Read Original Content

The U.S. Navy utilized GIS software to develop the Navy Shore Geospatial Energy Program, designed to allow the Navy to look at its energy consumption on a global basis and at individual facilities to help them identify where they needed to cut down on energy consumption.  Read Original Content

Barcodes can be printed on most semi-flat surfaces, including throw pillows.  This product features a 2D barcode that, when scanned, take the user to a love song and video.  Read Original Content

The State of Uttar Pradesh in India is planning a 3D geospatial database that will improve the planning and monitoring capabilities of government agencies and rely less on cumbersome and labor intensive processes.  Read Original Content

Because the geographic, geospatial and location based solutions space is constantly evolving, defining and sizing the GIS market has always been challenging.  Christine Easterfield, an analyst with market research firm Cambashi, provides details on how her firm defines the market segments for a more comprehensive view of the GIS and LBS technology sectors.  Read Original Content

eSpatial has launched a free edition of their mapping software, enabling users to create maps from existing data and post them as interactive maps.  Read Original Content

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set new recommendations for GPS systems approved for use in commercial trucks.  It will also require GPS training for new commercial drivers and will offer guidelines for existing operators to reduce the number of trucks and buses striking bridges.  Read Original Content

TomTom and Garmin GPS navigation devices are reviewed and compared in this article from consumer review and information provider Knoji.  Read Original Content

Infineon and Bundesdruckerei have developed a new RFID security smart card with an LED display and a one-time password to increase security and protect against card manipulation.  Read Original Content

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Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and SMAC analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.